UNESCO World Heritage Site #4 – Maya Site of Copan

click photo to enlarge Copan Ruinas is a Mayan archeological site in western Honduras. There is actually a small town about a mile from the site that goes by the same name. One of the first things I noticed when I visited was that the ruins are not quite as grand as the temples and monuments at Tikal, but the art and detail that has been preserved at Copan Ruinas is something worth seeing in itself. This photo is of […]

7 Interesting Facts About Honduras

The third installment in my “Interesting Facts…” series comes from the country of Honduras. While I didn’t get to spend a lot of time in Honduras this past summer, I definitely enjoyed myself during my stay and would love to go back one day. So, without any further ado, here are 7 interesting facts about the country of Honduras. 1. Honduras was formerly known as Spanish Honduras in order to differentiate itself from Belize, which was previously known (see Belize […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #3 – Belize Barrier Reef

click photo to enlarge The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world, behind the the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. While sailing down the coast of Belize this past summer my friends and I were able to do quite a bit of snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef. I snapped this picture of my friends snorkeling over the reef from our sailboat at one of our many stops. You can read the […]

9 Interesting Facts About Belize

Continuing my “Interesting Facts…” series, I’ve put together a list of 8 facts about the country of Belize. I had the pleasure of visiting Belize this past June and thoroughly enjoyed this country. 1. Until recent history, the country of Guatemala has claimed ownership of much or all of present day Belize territories. The Guatemalan claim rests on a treaty with the United Kingdom, which the Guatemalan government claims was violated, granting them the territory. After Belize claimed its independence […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #2 – Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park was once the home of one of the largest Mayan city states. Seeing the temples and other structures for yourself is a must do if you ever have the chance to visit Guatemala. Besides the temples themselves, the park is full of different types of exotic wildlife. Many of the temples allow visitors to climb them, providing stunning views of the Guatemalan jungle that has overtaken the area. I visited Tikal during my first trip to Central […]

7 Interesting Facts About Guatemala

A few other travel blogs such as EverythingEverywhere.com and NomadicMatt.com have started doing posts for their different destinations where they list off random and interesting facts they have found about that city or country. I have been thoroughly enjoying these posts and have decided to follow suite with some of my own since I’m sure I’ll be visiting some places that haven’t been covered yet. I find most of these facts on the web but some of them come from […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #1 – Antigua, Guatemala

I’ve decided to start posting a list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites that I visit during my travels, as many of them are amazing places to visit that provide a lot of cultural and historical insight about the countries they reside in. I got the idea to do this from Everything-Everywhere.com, as Gary has been keeping track of the sites he has visited for years now and is well over 100! So here is my first! click photo to […]

My Trip to Central America in 2011 – The Itinerary

On January 6th of next year I’ll be flying back to Central America for the second time in 6 months. I spent 5 weeks in Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras last summer and am incredibly excited to get back to Central America. This time my trip will take me on a brief visit back to Guatemala before I head south into El Salvador and eventually Nicaragua, to experience, what some say, are two of the most travel worthy countries in Central […]

It’s Been Awhile

So, I haven’t posted on the site in over two months. There have been a lot of things going on in my life keeping me away from posting as well as a lot of planning going on about future posts and upgrades to the website. Not to mention a whole bunch of new features have been added to the site and I kinda wanted to wait to start posting again until it was complete and I could show it all […]

Featured Travel Photo – Fields in Guatemala

Coffee and other crops are grown in abundance just outside of Antigua, Guatemala on the foothills of Volcan de Agua.

Featured Travel Photo – Children Bathing in Lake Atitlan

Children play and bath in Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. This was a daily sight as the locals used the lake for bathing on what seemed to be a regular basis.

Traveling with Others > Traveling Alone > Not Traveling At All

I know, I’m an ass for putting anything to do with math in a travel blog post. If it’s been awhile for you, the signs (>) you see in the title stand for greater than. So, this title (which is just my opinion of course) reads Traveling with Others “is greater than” Traveling Alone “which is greater than” Not Traveling At All. And after my short time in Central America, this is how I truly feel. I’ve read a lot […]

Featured Travel Photo: Catedral de Santiago – Antigua, Guatemala

The Catedral de Santiago is lit up each night creating an awe inspiring view from the central park square in Antigua, Guatemala. The church is one of two churches on the square, and one of 20 or so churches throughout the small city.

The Art of Bargaining While Backpacking in Central America

The “Gringo tax” is a reality that people backpacking around the world must deal with on a regular basis. When locals spot a foreigner amongst them they tend to jack up the price of whatever they are selling, be it food, clothing, or some sort of service. Sometimes this is a modest increase in price from what a local might pay for the same item, but sometimes prices can be raised as high as ten times the original amount, or […]

Featured Travel Photo: Ziplining Through The Clouds

While in the Guatemalan highlands my friends and I got a chance to do some zip-lining just outside of the town of Santa Clara La Laguna on Lake Atitlan. Our first ride was through clear skies with a great view of the surrounding mountainsides but our second ride was right through the middle of a dense white cloud. A very cool and surreal experience.

My Interview on NoPlaceToBe.com

Last week I was lucky enough to do a quick interview with Poi and Kristy from NoPlaceToBe.com. Each week they post an interview of a fellow traveler and this week it was me. If you feel so inclined, head on over to their site to check out the interview.

Featured Travel Photo: Traffic Cops in Antigua

There were few stop signs in Antigua, Guatemala and the ones that were there seemed to be more of a suggestion than a requirement. On busier intersections, however, you could find one or more of these traffic cops. Doesn’t hurt that these two just so happened to have a stunning volcano behind them.

7 Tips You Need for a Healthier and Safer Trip

Traveling around the world is something I think everyone should experience. But with all of the positives of travel, there are some negatives, like health and safety issues. Below are a few basic tips that many beginning backpackers, and maybe some veterans, overlook. These tips will help keep you up and running and not missing a thing, whether you are traveling around the world or just taking a short vacation. 1. Get your damn vaccines. I met many travelers who […]

Featured Travel Photo: Mayan Statue “The Old Man’s Head”

While backpacking through the town of Copan Ruinas, Honduras I took a trip to the Mayan ruins about a kilometer outside of town. The park didn’t have the giant temples of Tikal but the detail and sophistication of their artwork was stunning. This head was originally part of a much larger structure and if I remember correctly this was the head of one of two old men who were holding up a much more important figure.

11 Things that Didn’t Make it Home: The Central America Casualty List

To be totally honest, upon returning from 5 weeks in Central America, I felt pretty lucky to have all of my most valuable belongings still with me. I didn’t have any problems with my laptop and no one tried to snag my debit card or passport. These had been the main worries and I was happy to have had them all on my return flight with me. There were a few smaller items, however, that weren’t as fortunate and didn’t […]

Featured Travel Photo: Painting the Streets of Antigua

A painter sits on a quiet street of Antigua, Guatemala as he paints the view of Fuego Volcano overlooking the small city.

Things I Bought for Less Than $3

Travelers are almost always on some sort of budget. We try to make the money we’ve set aside stretch as far as it can possibly go, enabling us to see as many places as we possibly can. With that in mind I’ve compiled a list of a number of things I was able to purchase in Central America for under $3. Some things on this list aren’t a huge surprise, but there were a couple of times I was baffled […]

Featured Travel Photo: Lake Atitlan Through a Spider’s Web

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.  Shot from Indian Nose Point just outside the town of San Pedro La Laguna.

Home Sweet Home

Yesterday was my first full day back in the states.  I’ve made time to catch up with friends and family, and have even started working again in the past 48 hours.  It has been a bit of a whirlwind and honestly, even though I was only gone for five weeks, I’ve already noticed some things I’ve got to adjust to back at home, like not speaking Spanish to random strangers.  I did this about three times in the airport just […]

Beyond the Veil of Antigua

I’m back in Antigua, Guatemala, one of my favorite cities I’ve spent time in on this trip. Antigua is a beautiful city, with a quant Spanish colonial style, an easy 9 block by 9 block set up that is easy to navigate, numerous amazing restaurants and hostels, and dozens of backpackers to meet and mingle with. With all of these positive features of Antigua it is very easier for a visitor to take for granted the numerous other villages that […]

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